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  1. Celiac Disease Cases Are on the Rise

    July 1, 2009 -- Celiac disease -- the digestive disorder treated by banning wheat and other grains containing gluten from the diet -- is four times more common in the U.S. today than it was 50 years ago, a study shows. The study by Mayo Clinic researchers also linked undiagnosed and untreated celiac

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  2. Food Poisoning May Raise IBD Risk

    June 1, 2009 -- Salmonella or campylobacter food poisoning triples the risk  of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) -- for at least 15 years. IBD typically refers to Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. It's not clear exactly what causes IBD. Genetics, environment, diet, abnormal blood vessels, infe

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  3. Environmental Toxins & Liver Disease: A Link?

    May 29, 2009 -- Low-level exposures to environmental toxins may partially explain the increasing problem of liver disease in U.S. adults, says a Kentucky researcher. "Liver disease is a rapidly growing problem for the U.S. population," says Matthew Cave, MD, assistant professor of medicine at the Un

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  4. New Treatment for Barrett's Esophagus

    May 27, 2009 -- Radiofrequency ablation may zap away the potentially precancerous cells associated with Barrett’s esophagus. A new study shows radiofrequency ablation, which uses heat generated by radio waves to selectively destroy tissue, completely eradicated the abnormal cell growths lining the e

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  5. Acid Blockers Linked to Pneumonia Risk

    May 26, 2009 -- An estimated 33,000 deaths a year from hospital-acquired pneumonia may result from the practice of routinely prescribing proton pump inhibitors and other acid-suppressing drugs during hospitalization to patients who don't need them. Use of acid-reducing drugs was associated with a 30

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  6. Heartburn Drug Prevacid Goes Over the Counter

    May 14, 2009 -- The FDA has approved the heartburn drug Prevacid 24HR for sale without a prescription, according to Novartis, the drug company that makes Prevacid 24HR.  Prevacid 24HR is taken once daily to treat frequent heartburn, which is heartburn that happens at least two days per week. Prevaci

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  7. Broccoli Sprouts Good for the Gut

    April 6, 2009 -- Munching on broccoli sprouts may help protect the stomach from the germ responsible for many cases of gastritis, ulcers, and stomach cancer. A new study shows that eating 2 1/2 ounces of three-day-old broccoli sprouts every day for at least two months may offer at least some protect

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  8. New Yogurt Fights Stomach Ulcers

    March 22, 2009 -- A new yogurt, already on the shelves in some Asian countries, may offer a tasty new way to prevent and treat stomach ulcers. Japanese researchers say the yogurt they developed fights bacteria that cause gastritis and stomach ulcers. Researchers presented the findings of a clinical

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  9. Metoclopramide Drugs Get 'Black Box' Warning

    Feb. 27, 2009 -- The FDA has ordered a "black box" warning, the FDA's strongest warning, for drugs that contain metoclopramide, which is used to treat gastrointestinal disorders. The boxed warning will highlight the risk of tardive dyskinesia, or involuntary and repetitive movements of the body, wit

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  10. FDA OKs New GERD Drug Kapidex

    Feb. 6, 2009 -- The FDA has approved Kapidex delayed-release capsules as a once-daily treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and for erosive esophagitis, which is GERD-related damage to the esophagus. Kapidex, which is taken orally, belongs to a class of drugs called proton pump inhibi

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